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College / University
New York University
Program / Degree
MFA film and television
Member type
Artist, Curator, Producer
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Film, Installation, Performance, Video
I am...
A filmmaker and video artist, Zaldívar completed both his BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty.

Zaldívar started his film career as a sound editor and designer, his work can be heard in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility", in Nanette Burstein and Bret Morgan's "On the ropes" and on HBO’s America Undercover, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination.

His film and video art works have been screened at many festivals worldwide and on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. His directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay," co-directed with David O. Russell (Three Kings; The Fighter) and Tricia Regan (Autism, the musical).

As programmer, Zaldívar co-founded and programmed The Florida Room, an event solely dedicated to social issue documentaries in Miami Beach for five years. He also coordinated the Miami International Film Festival’s newest section "Cutting the edge", which showcased video art and films by artists working across disciplines.

He has served as a Juror for several mayor film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival. He presently serves on the board of directors of The Flahety Film Seminars and of NALIP (The National Association of Latino Independent Producers). He is a Sundance Film Institute Fellow. He teaches at Miami international University’s Art Institute.
About my artwork
“Delicate work ... that of an alchemist, transforming the ordinary. “
-Susan Hopper, Deluxe Arts

“A great art happening à la Warhol style! Cannot be missed! “
- Thomas Barker, The Wire

“You might say Juan Carlos Zaldivar is a master of reality. When you enter one of his exhibits ... the outside world suddenly seems very far away.”
- Carlos Suarez de Jesús, The Miami New Times

“STRINGS, the current exhibition by Juan Carlos Zaldivar at Gallery Dot 51, represents a unique examination of the basis of perception, the material and ephemeral, using video and sculpture. (...) These three pieces stand out as more theoretical applications of how visual perception is a subjective, interpretive process than a translation of some sort of doctrine of reality. Inundated with film and video as we are, and mostly invited to consider all this material as ‘real’ - not least at a moment when most artist video seems to be more narrative or animative - these seem like quiet reminders that not only what you see isn’t necessarily what you get, it’s not necessarily what happened either.”
June 2008
David Rhon, ArtLurker

“...Juan Carlos Zaldívar provides the most emotionally charged piece [at Filtro Foto’s “Cuba: As Time Stands Still, 2007] a video installation about the Elián González debacle in 2000. On a split screen, viewers watch protest rallies taking place simultaneously in Cuba and Miami. At the Cuban rally, the crowd roars, “Freedom for Elián!” In Miami the protesters are shouting “Elián will not leave!” A revolutionary anthem is spliced with a pre-Revolution anthem. Interviews with a Miami student and a Cuban student, both in their school uniforms, play on split screens. The footage is choppy, and the competing sounds make it difficult to focus on particular statements, illustrating both the intensity and the complexity of the issue...”
April, 2007
- Victor Barrenechea of the Biscayne Times
Artists I like
Some of my favorite artists include:


Bill Viola, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Tacita Dean, Pavel Medvedev, Pipilotti Rist, Pawel Wojtasik and Nam June Paik


Janet Cardiff


James Turrell and Jim Campbell.


Marina Abramovic, Sankai Juku, Daniel Barrow
My film and visual art projects explore the transformation of physical form, and our perceptions of it. My work juxtaposes what is there vs. what appears to be there. I do this with light, sound and kinetics, which are what films are made of. I apply these notions to places and bodies as well. I love Butoh dance and film animation (both of which deconstruct movement and time, respectively). I like loose narratives.

I find the interaction of these elements often have fantastically exciting outcomes. I believe humor is often he best tool to communicate complex ideas and concepts.

I like chocolate cake.

Eastern philosophy and concepts are important to me.

I respect the defining properties of negative space and the invisible.

I have a Masters degree in film from NYU and an Emmy Nomination for sound.

I worked as a sound editor and designer for many years. I love sound. When I use it, it is an essential part of the work.
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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At 8:42 on March 3, 2009, ART & ARTISTS LA said…

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline March 15th 2009.


A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

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At 15:57 on January 10, 2009, Nicole said…
I enjoy looking on this site as there are alot of talented artisit I do look forward to most joining along with us on Callforcreativity.com
At 18:11 on January 9, 2009, Nicole said…
Miami Forida that is so close to my original home . We would love to see you on Callforcreativiy.com and have your own gallery all for free and we will be adding audio this month. Hope to see you soon.
At 12:57 on January 8, 2009, Patricia Fernández Miranda (Pafermi)Patricia Fernández Miranda (Pafermi) said…
Hi Juan Carlos!.



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